E-Gateway 11.22.26

Posted on November 22nd, 2016 under News Flash.

Help us light up the lake this weekend with the Community Tree Lighting Festivities! Click here for a full schedule of events.

On the Calendar This Week 

Tuesday, November 22
Membership Committee Meeting, 7:30-9:00 a.m. at Chamber Office

November 23-25
Chamber Office Closed- Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 25
Light up the Lake Celebration- Community Tree Lighting Activities, 4:00 p.m. at the Depot

Saturday, November 26
Small Business Saturday- Shop local all day long!

Reach an affluent and engaged audience of over 225,000 paid subscribers with Star Tribune’s NEW Star Tribune Magazine. Launching this April, the glossy quarterly magazine will include original content on dining, travel, art, and fashion with 3x the reach of other local magazines.
For additional information, including an early bird special, contact Monica Litt at 612-673-4850; Monica.Litt@StarTribune.com.


Welcome to Kathy Peterson- Director of Membership Services!

We are thrilled to announce that Kathy Peterson is joining the team at the Greater Wayzata Chamber of Commerce. Kathy is new to Minnesota, but not new to her work at various Chambers in Wisconsin and recently at TwinWest Chamber of Commerce, all in a membership capacity. Kathy is enthusiastic and excited to meet and work with the businesses in the Wayzata area and looks forward to putting names and faces together. She and her husband Harley reside in Plymouth with their two dogs Rocky and Cooper and will be celebrating the college graduation of both their children in May 2017.
Kathy begins her role at the Chamber on Monday, November 21st. Stop by and help us welcome her anytime, but we have set aside some time on December 1st from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for a little meet and greet before the Jingle Mingle!

2017 Advertising Opportunities are Here! 

A benefit of your membership with the Chamber is the opportunity to advertise in our newsletter, The Gateway and our e-newsletter, the e-Gateway.

Inserts in The Gateway are a 8.5×11 flyer that is inserted in the print newsletter, sent 10 times a year. No more than eight inserts are included and the cost begins at $60 a month. The Gateway is mailed to Chamber members no later than the first week of each month.

e-Gateway advertising includes and logo or photo (linked to your business website) and 45-60 words of copy with prices beginning at $25 a week. The e-Gateway is emailed to all Chamber representatives every Tuesday morning.

New advertising option this year!  Boost your business profile on the Chamber website by purchasing an Enhanced Listing on the Chamber’s online business directory. An Enhanced Listing includes priority placement, logo, website link and business description in search results, options to upload additional photos and videos in business profile, a map link and more.

For more information contact Kathy at kpeterson@wayzatachamber.com.

Have you recently received exceptional customer service? 

We are now accepting nominations for the Exceptional Service Award of Excellence! Nominate a local business for the noteworthy award today. Help us recognize that business by completing a nomination form here.


Thursday, December 1, 12:00-7:00 p.m.
Participating Businesses
Learn more at WayzataChamber.com

Meet friends, new and old, at the Jingle Mingle Down Lake Street! Stop at participating retailers and restaurants all day long.

A great Ambassador Visit and Ribbon Cutting for Heidi’s GrowHaus!
Congratulations on your new space!

New Partnership With Wayzata Public Schools

We are excited to be partnering with Wayzata Public schools on their new mentorship program called Compass. Learn how to connect with a high school student below:

They are seeking professionals interested in mentoring students in their Compass Professional Studies program in Business Management and Economics starting in January of 2017.
Compass Mentors are:

  • experienced in a field related to Business Management and Economics (see list below);
  • interested in working with high school students that are seeking a different approach to learning;
  • available to communicate electronically weekly and meet monthly with a student;
  • willing to complete a Trusted Employees background check;
  • attend 2-3 mentor related activities held at Wayzata High School;
  • understanding of the growth potential in this age group; and
  • looking for a fresh perspective on professional issues.

If you are willing to be a mentor, please go to http://goo.gl/forms/VpeZHzMyaDqy0U1r2 and complete our Mentor Match questionnaire or send an e-mail to miriam.lejonvarn@wayzata.k12.mn.us to receive more information. Please share this e-mail with friends and colleagues that might be interested in this exciting opportunity.

Other opportunities for guest speaking and business partners for projects are also available- use same contact information as above.

A powerful luncheon featuring Matthew Sanford hosted by the Women in Business Committee. Thanks to all those who attended!

Reminder: New Labor Regulations Effective December 1
Updated Overtime Eligibility

Are new regulations on your business’ holiday wish list?  If so, you can thank the Department of Labor for delivering a revised regulation that will affect an estimated 4 million employees starting in December. Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, most employees are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay protections.  However, the Act also carves out certain classes of employees that are not entitled to these wage protections. These employees are exempt from the requirements and, as such, the two classes of employees are called “non-exempt” and “exempt.”  The broadest class of exempt employees are executive, administrative and professional employees with predetermined fixed salary requirements. The current weekly salary level for these exempt employees is $455 (or $23,660 annually). The new rule, which is effective December 1, 2016, will increase the weekly salary level requirement to $913 (or $47,476 annually). Employers will be forced to either raise exempt employees’ salaries to the increased requirement so they retain their exempt classification or to re-classify the employees as non-exempt at the same pay rate and pay overtime when applicable. Additional information is available on the Department of Labor’s website at www.dol.gov. As in-house counsel from the outside for closely held companies, Sanford, Pierson, Thone & Strean, PLC, provides creative and personalized solutions to navigate regulatory requirements such as these.  Follow our firm at www.ssmnlaw.com.